The Gulfstar 60, a centre-cockpit cutter, was designed by R. C. Lazzarra and built in the USA by Gulfstar Yachts.
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.5
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 28.3
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 237
4. Comfort Ratio: 44.5
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.6
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.5 suggests that the Gulfstar 60 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 28.3 means that a sailboat like the Gulfstar 60 (which doesn't have its ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of a deep keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 237, tells us the Gulfstar 60 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 44.5 suggests that crew comfort of a Gulfstar 60 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.6 tells us that a Gulfstar 60 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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